Showing posts from February, 2011


Oh, how I delight in laughter. Those ticklish streams of cognitive and linguistic skill.

The best ones to laugh are the little ones, those whose joy is as shallow as the stream.

Nowadays, the laughter I hear often are the ones made by boisterous drunkards - the ones that sound like



Power, so intoxicating, so deceiving and so fickle, is an illusion that dissipates like a misty fog blown away by the gales.

The people who cling to it, the ones who desire it, the ones who defend it with all their gall, are the ones who have experienced the lack of it for a long time early on their lives.

That's why you always have angry revolutionaries, that's why you have people with purported causes, that's why you have people with messianic complexes and people who do things that we may see as good - but in reality is just a mask - meant to cover up the powerlessness of their own lives.

I've seen it all too often. I've experienced it too and humbly bow my head acknowledging that I have no power. First Video: How to Bury a Large Dead Tree


How to Bury a Large Dead Tree


Twitter's Policy and Brand Enforcement Division and Twitter Karma

Twitter Karma, a nifty tool which shows you in a jiffy who follows you back and not, just got served:

This has prompted the outfit to change its name to the cheesier tweeter karma. Nevertheless, the change is quite useless for the fact that tweeter karma's domain is still

I wonder....

Ubuntu: Where is the Love?

The first thing that greeted me this morning was a Slashdot piece on Ubuntu lovin' (or the lack of it):

"Used to be Ubuntu was the big Linux hero, the shining knight that would drive Linux onto every desktop and kick bad old Windows to the curb. But now Ubuntu is the Bad Linux. What's going on, is it typical fanboy fickleness, or is Canonical more into serving their own interests than creating a great Linux distro?"
It's sad really, and I haven't been keeping up to date with all the Ubuntu going-ons lately. So forgive me if I got one or two things wrong in this piece.

For me my Ubuntu story ended when I had to actually do something with my PC other than constantly repartition and install stuff.

It was just too time consuming to get things done. Forget the fanboy attitude all screaming at the same time that I'm wrong and that all it takes was a simple command in the beloved terminal.

It just didn't flow. Everything felt disjointed. Fix one problem and t…

I guess it must be a slow blogging day for me to write about this, is not is a parked page is the correct and official Google URL shortener

Work for Facebook, Inc.

Like Google, Facebook offers posh benefits for its talented workforce. I am particularly keen on having the free gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner made by Chef Josef. His ability to concoct and fuse Western with Asian cuisine is quite renowned. But my day at Facebook's headquarters in California didn’t start there, it started in the reception area. 
I felt awkward knowing that it was my first day not only in Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters, but most importantly inside the United States of America. 
Anyway, the whole affair started with a simple phone call. I was at home in the Philippines, working on my writing gigs, when suddenly the phone rang. I didn’t bother to answer it since I was busy writing. My wife answered it, but suddenly, I heard a loud crash - Apparently, she knocked over a flower vase and then went inside my office. 
In a harried manner, she motioned for me to get the phone quickly – as in the 'President of the sovereign Republic of the Philippines is calling m…

Basketball at 29

I beat a 13 year old kid today.


Granted, I was a foot taller and heavily used this to my advantage. But still, he was 13, there's simply no excuse.

The fact that I smoked for 10 years and was gasping for air halfway through the game was his ultimate advantage.

I used some classic post-up plays, plus some simple layups.

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When I was younger the kids on the court called me "elbow". For good reason too.

I played in several community and school leagues and won myself and my team, one championship ring.

Right now, I feel that I am at 10% of what I was when I was 16 to 18.

But heck, I still got game.:)

If Only Steve Jobs...

Steve Jobs, the charismatic icon who has propelled Apple Corporation to the forefront of the mobile revolution is very sick. The details of his current health are very sketchy although many are pointing to cancer as the primary concern. Health is an issue that's often the part of the private lives of individuals, however public figures are different specially when the fate of a corporation hangs in the balance.

Some interesting questions do arise when it comes to the revolutionary tech leader. For instance, is he really that critical, that essential to Apple Corporation that everybody seems to be holding their breaths whenever health issues arise for the CEO?

Apple, for what it's worth, makes cellphones and other gadgets primarily used for entertainment. Ultimately, the real value of Steve Jobs as a CEO is seen primordially from the eyes of Western media and American Bloggers whose whole world may revolve around the guy. Not that the importance of Steve Jobs is being downplay…


Gimmaging. "Gee-mage-eeng." Verb. Can Also Mean Google Image Link Baiting. The art of using Google Image search plus url shorteners and link baiting techniques to show pleasant images of food, flowers, art, beauty and others. Invented by dan garcia :)

How to gimmage

1. Go to google image search
2. Search for anything pleasant. For instance - "roses"

3. Highlight the URL or the web address > COPY
4. Go to Google's URL Shortening service

5. Paste the URL > Click Shorten
6. Share shortened URL on social networks or on blog with catchy description: For instance,

Something edible and red symbolizes passionate love :)

7. A Pleasant Surprise!

The Google Art Project

Google has been becoming artsy as of late and has recently launched a new project meant for the appreciation of art. Called the Google Art Project, the website is an avant-garde embodiment of the human soul - in digital format. The website is practically Google Street View - only inside different museums.

A navigation panel enables you to traverse what used to be no camera zones and let you look at art up close and in high definition.

The most innovative aspect to the new project is that it lets you "go inside" museums in a way that is very familiar with the navigation controls of Google Street View. It lets you move forward as if actually traversing the floors of the Van Gogh Museum. Of course, the museum experience wouldn't be complete if you cannot look closer or zoom in on a Rembrandt or on a Van Gogh.

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Score another one for Google's dedication to organizing the world's art.

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